Italy-England: Saka’s tears on the front page of the English press

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Author of the last missed penalty, Bukayo Saka appears in tears in the arms of his coach Gareth Southgate in one of the vast majority of English dailies this Monday morning.

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Photos of England coach Gareth Southgate consoling Bukayo Saka for his missed goal in the Euro final dominate the UK headlines on Monday. “The penalty curse robs England of their dream,” wrote The Times, pointing to the national side’s low success rate in penalty kicks at a major tournament.

The Daily Telegraph front page
Daily Telegraph front page © Capture Daily Telegraph

“It will hurt,” the Daily Telegraph predicted of the country’s mood after the fateful penalty shoot-out to win Italy. “So close,” the Guardian laments the headline, while the free Metro newspaper writes that “the lions have made us proud.”

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Front page of the Guardian

For its part, the Sun, always quick to praise the national team, headline “Proud of the Lions”, again with a photo of Southgate consoling the young Saka. “England have lost to the penos again, but don’t forget guys, the World Cup is only ONE YEAR away,” the tabloid continued, resolutely optimistic despite everything.

The Times front page

Beaten on penalties by Italy (1-1 ap, 3-2 tab), England failed, Sunday at Wembley, to win their first title in a major tournament since their coronation at the 1966 World Cup.

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